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(08-15-2018, 07:08 PM)tx2sturgis Wrote:
(08-15-2018, 05:55 PM)GotSmart Wrote: It seems that scientists are unable to follow worms close enough to get more detailed information.

Until they get a research grant, then they will do anything for those millions of dollars...

Fat chance in today’s political world. Worms could be the breakthrough that agriculture needs. No Monsanto to poison the ground.
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As an old and long experienced organic gardener, I can tell you that you need a few conditions to compost...

1) oxygen. This is the reason the compost pile has to be turned from time to time
2) moisture. The process requires the compost to be wet. Not dripping wet, but not dry.
3) heat. The usual way to gain the heat is by making the pile large enough. Once the bacteria begin their work, they create heat. Turning the pile will stop this process for a short while.

Bacteria turn the nitrogen which is unavailable to plants into nitrates which the plants need. In the process kill off pathogens.

With a composting head....the goal inside the head itself is to dehydrate the contents...keep it from smelling. Only after removal to the compost pile can it be treated in the same manner as other compost....and only after “cooking” is it made into compost.

Since compost piles mostly tend to be created on the ground...once it has advanced to the point of being safe from pathogen..the worms arrive without the need for intervention

1989 Honeywell motorhome
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Yeah, that's the problem with using a composting toilet in a mobile environment.  It sounds like a nice idea but we're never in one place long enough for it to be practical unless you go back to the same place over and over and make a composting pile.  But then someone needs to go turn it every so often or it just becomes a pile of crap.  All that's needed is a nice simple bucket/bag method with a covering material and urine diverter.  4 or 5 deposits and toss the bag and put in a new one.  Empty the urine jug when necessary. Putting it in a nice enclosure gives you the option to add ventilation for extra added smellyness elimination.

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